School Newsletter – 9 April 2019

Term 1, Week 11 — School news, upcoming dates and notices

Upcoming Events

Student Achievement Discussions 3pm - 5.30pmWed, 10 Apr
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 10 Apr
Student Achievement Discussions 1pm-8pm - SCHOOL CLOSES AT 1PMThu, 11 Apr
Otago Problem Solving Set 1Thu, 11 Apr
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 12 Apr
END OF TERM 1Fri, 12 Apr
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 12 Apr
SCHOOL HOLIDAYSSat, 13 AprSun, 28 Apr
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 15 Apr
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 17 Apr
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 22 Apr
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 24 Apr
ANZAC DAYThu, 25 Apr
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 26 Apr
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 29 Apr
START OF TERM 2Mon, 29 Apr
Snell Team Tackling Technology PresentationTue, 30 Apr
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 1 May
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 3 May
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 6 May
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmWed, 8 May
National Young Leaders' DayWed, 8 May
School to close at 1pm - Teachers Paid Union MeetingFri, 10 May
School Assembly 1.55 pmFri, 10 May
Kohi's Got Talent - AuditionsMon, 13 MayFri, 17 May
Y4-8 Band 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmMon, 13 May
Information Meeting on Use of Devices for Learning. School Hall. 7pmTue, 14 May
If you have a Google calendar you can add events directly to it via the Calendar page. For more events go to the Full Calendar List.

A Message from the Principal

As we near the end of another busy term, we wish everyone from the Kohimarama School Learning Community a relaxing term break.

Our students have done well through a very hot term and have settled into the new school year.

Our calendar has been full with a large number of Education Outside the Classroom activities including museum trips, visit to the Pop up Globe, beach picnic, Ruapotaka Marae in Glen Innes and activities at Vector Wero Whitewater Park.  There have been a number of sporting events including softball competition and swimming sports.  Many classes have taken advantage of the warm summer days for family get togethers.  Kiri Team held a very successful team picnic on the school lawn supported by a number of our senior student leaders.

Thank you to our teachers for supporting all the events held this term.  It has been a busy term for our team with many teachers involved with Professional Learning and Development opportunities.  Thank you also to our teachers for their time and input to our Student Achievement Discussions later this week.

We look forward to another busy and exciting time ahead in Term 2.  Enjoy your break.

Paul Engles

Student Achievement Discussions – Wednesday 10th April and Thursday 11th April 2019

Each discussion booking is 15 minutes long.  To ensure the smooth running of this for everyone, please ensure that you arrive in time for your booked appointment.  The end of the discussion will be by a school bell.

Please contact your teacher directly if you need to discuss your achievement discussion booking.

Wednesday 10th April – School will finish for students at 3.00pm (as usual) with discussions starting after that time

Thursday 11th April –  School will finish for the students at 1.00pm with discussions starting at 1.30pm

We will have some capacity to supervise students in the hall where parents are unable to make alternative arrangements.  It is important that your child’s classroom teacher is informed by 9.00am on the morning of Thursday 11th April if you would like your child supervised in the hall.

Meeting on Use of Devices at Kohimarama School – Tuesday 14th May at 7pm

We invite all parents/caregivers to attend this meeting on Tuesday 14th May at 7pm held in the Hall.

The purpose of this meeting is to bring together all the questions, feedback and comments on the use of devices at Kohimarama School to enhance our learning across our different year groups.

Two experts will be speaking on the use of devices both at school and at home.

Mark Osborne – Mark is currently working with the teachers in the school to develop Learner Agency and Differentiation in our classrooms.  He is currently doing PhD studies through Monash University  and will talk about the research, pros and cons and the usage of devices across schools in New Zealand.

Attitude – An organisation associated with The Parenting Place.  They work with schools across New Zealand to educate students on how to be safe while using devices.

We would encourage all parents to attend this meeting.

Road Works

The crossing project is now complete and our crossing is again operational.  We would like to thank the contractors for the support that they have provided in ensuring our students have travelled safely to and from school.  Thank you to our parent and teacher road patrollers who have supported students and their families cross safely in what have been quite challenging and changeable situations.

We have been advised that the second part of the curb and channelling work will be completed over the term break.  If for any chance this rolls into Term 2, then we will endeavour to inform you all of how this impacts travel around school as quickly as we can and again work with the contractors to ensure that a safe crossing plan is in place.

Note that the road closure currently in place is due to the road works being completed further up Kohimarama Road.

Cowley Team Cultural Exploration Day

Cowley team had a great day last Friday where parents came in and led workshops on an aspect of their culture.  The children got to dance, create and hear special stories about all the wonderful countries that their friends and families have come from.  It really enriched the children’s learning and helped them think about their own learning and cultural identity.  Thank you to all the parents who came and gave up their time.  It was a great day.

The Kohimarama Way – Respect

Respect is an attitude of caring about people and treating them with dignity.  Respect is valuing ourselves and others.  We show respect by speaking and acting with courtesy.  When we are respectful we treat others as we want to be treated.  Respect includes honouring the rules of our family or school, which make life more orderly and peaceful.  It is knowing that every man, woman and child deserves respect, including you.


Kohimarama School Bay Suburbs Swimming Team

We had a very successful and enjoyable morning at the Bay Suburbs swimming event. The Kohimarama swim team all put in one hundred percent effort and came away with some great results. Thank you to all the parents who helped with transportation and assisting on the day. The students really appreciated all your support. The swimming results were as follows:

Mischa M
1st Y5 Freestyle
1st Y5 Backstroke
1st Y5 Breaststroke

Sam D
3rd Y5 Backstroke
4th Y5 Freestyle

Finn E
7th Y5 Breaststroke

Y5 Boys came 3rd in the Relay

Samantha L
1st Y6 Backstroke
3rd Y6 Freestyle
3rd Y6 Breaststroke
4th 50m Freestyle
5th Y6 Butterfly

Monty N
2nd Y6 Freestyle
3rd 50m Freestyle
4th Y6 Butterfly
5th Y6 Backstroke

Zach B
6th Y6 Breaststroke

Mackenzie R
8th Y6 Backstroke
8th Y6 Breaststroke

Weekly Results

Flippaball Results – Semis and Finals

  • Y3/4 Kohi Kinas, Won 6-1, Won 9-1   POD  – the whole team
  • Y5/6 Kohi Jellyfish, Won 4-3,  Lost 0-1,  Finished 2nd in Y 5/6 Grade, POD – the whole team
  • Y5/6 Kohi Narwhals, Lost 2-3,  Lost 0-5,  POD – the whole team

Community Notices

What Now – Sundays 8-10am on TVNZ 2

We have received the following invite from the What Now team.

During 2019 What Now are broadcasting from around the country, show casing a different community each week. On Sunday 19th May the show will be coming live from Glendowie and they would like to invite our families to be part of the live audience!  Families (including adults) are all invited to come and experience live TV being made while being part of the awesome audience…& it’s FREE!! As space is limited, they work on a ‘first in best dressed’ approach.

You can register online to be part of the audience at

School Holiday Fun

  • Creative Hand Lettering
  • Creating Felt Animals
  • Creating Imaginary Insects
  • Beeswax Wraps
  • Aspiring Young Chefs
  • Sewing for Children
  • Making Crayons with Earth Pigments
  • Magical Mosaics
  • Making Models
  • Cartoon and Animation
  • Card Design with Chinese-Style Drawings

Check our website for dates, times and ages: or call 521 9623